It is no real secret that I am looking for a new job. Something to take me away from tedious manual labour in a frankly bitchy hetero-male dominated environment.
I really respect my immediate boss and the company directors but the rest of them are…well I think personally they are frustrated in many ways and that is why they are unpleasant. The kind of people who are quite personable to your face and then you over hear how they speak about you between themselves. Or indeed who are very friendly on a one to one basis and then indulge in manful one up manship once grouped together.
Being the lone artistic homosexual in the workplace has not always been fun.
That leads us onto the point of this post. It is my 2nd anniversary at Job 1 on the 19th. For two years I have been intending to find something better. I have sustained work related injuries and it has not been positive for my mental health.
However there are many things the job has taught me. My abilities of task management and independent working have been exercised. Manual handling and loading plus lateral thinking came into direct usage also.
The most important thing is that since going part time in November I have had the opportunity to develop all the skills that Job 1 did not allow me to use.
Lets break it down, hey?
Purky Productions and Products do not just happen.
I have learned to prioritise tasks and then execute them to create specific outcomes often using very limited resources.
- For example, booking studio time and administration time in order to create a new range of distinct products for the First Purky Party and create interest in a short time frame with limited financial resources.
- Working full time and at one point working two jobs totalling 80 committed hours per week has led to very precise planning skills being nessasary in order to achieve all outcomes.
My networking skills have been important for researching venues, booking and ordering stock items, equipment and locations.
- Many of the venues Purky uses are small businesses and as such I aim to benefit them with increased publicity and footfall as a result of hosting a Purky event. This has translated directly into negotiating power for venue services and the genuine altruistic intent of cross pollination between small businesses have resulted in financial growth on both sides.
Careful development of products and services tailored to the customer and end outcome
- For example Purky is currently developing a range of Altar accessories for a shop on Glastonbury high street. The items need to be of high quality bronze, copper and ceramic with very specific end uses. The range includes bowls, candle holders, incense stands and athames. Each piece needs to created in a manner sympathetic to pagan ideals but usable across a range of spiritual paths. This has led to interesting challenges of design, manufacture and packaging.
Personal relationships nurtured and developed with clients and service providers have allowed me to punch far above my weight in order to pull events together into unique experiences. Budgeting and negotiation in order to deliver services and events.
- For example for Arcane Encounters I negotiated a very reasonable rate for the venue that allowed me to invest in set dressing (glassware and candles) so I could create a perfect atmosphere. The event was then publicised using social networking to reduce costs and increase the personality and intimacy of the activity.
The creation of marketing materials including press releases, point of sale, advertising copy, posters, flyers, soundbites, videos, photographs and portfolios.
- The First Purky Party had a press release to the local paper (Western Gazzette) which resulted in an interview, plus photographs which promoted the venue and the event.
- The Magnificent Maker’s Market uses paid advertising in the local free paper. Intriguing characterful language is used to evoke interest in the reader and stand out from the average craft market.
- Purky Productions has gained a reputation for using high quality and well designed posters and flyers. This allows the events to stand out and appear professional and inviting to potential clients and attendees.
- Purky Products has recently branched out into using Youtube as an advertising platform to offer a slideshow portfolio of the Gearpunk collection.
- Purky attends many events other than the ones it organises itself, I have learned how to use crisp soundbites to deliver information to clients in a clear and engaging manner. This has helped develop customer relationships and network with other professionals.
I have organised multiple events including repeat events. These include performances and retailing opportunities.
- Purky Party (April 2012)
- Purky Productions Presents – The Goblin Tailor (May 2012)
- Spring Fling Makers Market (May 2012)
- Grand Purky Tea Party (August 2012)
- Arcane Encounters (October 2012)
- The Dark and Curious Market (October 2012)
- Purky Productions Presents – A Quintet of Dark Tales (November 2012)
- Hogswatch Maker’s Market (November 2012)
- The Magnificent Maker’s Market (December 2012)
- The Magnificent Maker’s Market (February 2013)
Skill development? Essentially if I want to do something, I do it. I may spend a very long time researching the subject but I always look to expand my skillbase and tap into new markets.
- Examples include Purky Glass and Purky Gearpunk.
- On the glass front I have wanted to work in the material for a long time and so collated my research on techniques and technical aspects, including current and historical design trends.
- I then invested very carefully in the materials and tools having performed bugetry analysis including estimated break even points and sales costings.
- In a very rapid R&D phase I intensively invested my time and skills to reach a good standard of work before beginning to publicise my work.
- With Gearpunk, I have been researching the steampunk genre for a long time and became inspired in April to create a range influenced by gears and clockwork.
- I analysed the current market place to ensure that my work would be unique and hopefully exciting.
- I developed my unique design plates and working methods then began to experiment and manufacture.
- To promote the Gearpunk range I independently traded and exhibited at shows in London, Cardiff and Bristol whilst building a social media presence. The networking achieved in that timescale is now positively affecting Purky activities in 2013.
Essentially everyone, I mean business and I am looking to pursue my passion for small business and delivering measurable success to the people I deal with.
It may sound altruistic but I believe that small companies have to work together to create sustainable income and I want to find a job where the skills I have developed will be able to grow further and offer me the opportunity to deliver those results.
Signing off for now
Captain P x